If you’re looking to take an outdoor swim, be sure to avoid Langford Lake. 

Authorities are advising visitors to avoid the lake and to keep animals on a leash to prevent them from drinking or swimming in the water.

According to the City of Langford, they were advised by Island Health of poor water quality on Thursday. 

According to VIHA’s website, public beaches are not technically “closed” to public access. 

A warning sign is posted advising the public that the water may be unsafe for swimming.

Beach advisories will automatically be posted when a sample result of over 1000  E. Coli or 175 Enterocci per sample is received, as studies indicate there is an elevated risk associated with these bacterial levels.

The main beach, located off of Leigh Place, will be tested again next week. 

Glen Lake and Florence Lake are still open for swimming.